Masturbation and Its Side Effects on Humans

By Ruth Eze, 12/03/2018

Frequently, I have seen many questions like what happens if we release sperm daily? Does male masturbation cause weight gain? Many other questions about onanism that require an urgent response.

That is why I created this article on masturbation side effects and their benefits.

Masturbation is the stimulation of the genital organs, either with hand or self-served toy, until sexual desire or orgasm is achieved.

It is a healthy act practiced by people of all genders to relieve oneself from a build-up sexual tension.

According to health experts, self-jerking has no side effects provided you are not addicted to the habit.

However, there are lots of myths and misconceptions about masturbation which many people believed to be true, but they are all false.

Below are some of the myths and misconceptions about masturbation

Lots of people believe that constant masturbation causes:

However, all these misconceptions are lies.

In fact, daily ejaculation helps reduce sperm DNA damage and as well as improve fertility in men, it also helps in the treatment of orgasmic dysfunction in women.

Side effects of masturbation on both males and females

Despite all the reports about over masturbation side effects on Quora and in other media outlets, self-pleasuring is beneficial to the body, provided you are not addicted to the act. Some side effects of fapping are as follows:

Masturbation Addiction

masturbation side effects

Addiction to masturbation practice also known as compulsive sexual when masturbation has taken most of your time that you have less time for other things. It can make you

  • Less productive
  • Skip work or business
  • Spend less time with your hobby.
  • Lose interest in your relationship or marriage.

Chronic masturbation is bad, it can affect your daily life. Try your best possible to make sure you control it.

You can follow this guide to minimize the handjob.

  • Spend your free time with friends
  • Going out for sports
  • Write a book when you are free
  • Make a decision to stop it.

You can also speak with a local sex therapist in your area or visit the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) for advice.

Masturbation and Guilt

Because of religious and cultural beliefs, f people feel guilt while masturbating. Masturbation is neither evil nor bad, it is safe and healthy.

Try having a discussion with your doctor or a sex therapist if you feel bad while masturbating.

May harm or infect your genital organ

Occasionally, aggressive masturbation may result in a sore on your private part, always masturbate with care to avoid injury.

Secondly, make sure that your hands or toys are neat, to avoid infecting your organ.

    Health benefits of masturbation

Masturbation is a healthy act, it helps to boost both the physical and the mental health of an individual provided it is not in excess. Some of the health benefits of stimulating pleasure zones are as follow:

  • It may reduce the risk of prostate cancer: 

Some studies have linked frequent masturbation to a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer.  This is in line with research work published in 2016 which indicated a 20% decrease of prostate cancer among men who ejaculate at least 21 times per month.

The study further stated that the reduced risk was a result of frequent masturbation which prevented the build-up of cancer-causing cells in the prostate gland.

 It lowers the risk of death from heart diseases.

Frequent orgasm has been shown to help reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases. According to BMJ publication, 918 men aged 45–59 were used to find out the relationship between frequent orgasm and death.

Their finding showed a mortality risk of 50% lower in those with high orgasmic frequency than those with low orgasmic frequency. This outcome shows that sexual activity helps improve men’s health.

Other benefits of solo sex are:

  • Self-satisfaction
  •  It encourages better sleep
  • Relieve sexual tension
  •  Improves heart health
  • Reduce cramps.

Some questions commonly asked about masturbation

1. How long does it take to rebuild sperm?

Sperm cells are produced on a daily basis, but a complete cycle of sperm production (spermatogenesis) takes about 64 days to produce.

During the spermatogenesis cycle, undifferentiated diploid spermatogonial cells undergo some series of mitosis/meiosis to form a unique haploid spermatid with the help of some hormones.

2. Is it ok to have an orgasm during early pregnancy?

 Having an orgasm early in your pregnancy comes with some prolonged pain and discomfort. However, it is 100% safe and will neither affect your pregnancy nor lead to miscarriage.

3. How many times should a man release sperm in a day?

A man should release sperm as many times as he wishes, provided he is comfortable with it.

Bottom line

 Masturbation is good, it does not cause blindness, infertility, erectile dysfunction and many other side effects been carried by some papers. It is beneficial provided you are not addicted to it.